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John Nelson - Picking Up The Pieces

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Join Dave and Bill as we once again interview John Espinosa Nelson, The Bookstore Bandit on the CHWR... We both are so looking froward to John being on our show again... he was one of our most favorite guests, over the past 3 1/2 years!


•After the trauma, what did I learn about ME?
•What do I have left that’s worth having?
•Where Do I start re-assembling the old and new pieces of my life?
•Crimes of resentment - why good families produce bad behavior.
•Making excuses and taking responsibility… can we live without excuses?

John Espinosa Nelson, Bookstore Bandit & Bank Robber turned author and prison expert learned first-hand about crime as his ill-chosen route through the eccentricities of an otherwise engaging and law-abiding, upper middle class family. He was dubbed by the LAPD as the Bookstore Bandit and ended up getting apprehended for robbing banks. John never used a weapon, and made full restitution, and makes no excuses. He now holds law breakers and law makers to that standard!

John made his four years in prison a time of real personal growth. He is now an expert on recidivism and surviving the penal system. He has also written the memoir, Where Excuses Go To Die. An edgy, smart, coming-of-age story that while mostly set in prison, also provides a real look at family, personal evolution, and what it takes to grow past that competitiveness so many boys feel for their dads.

John has been published in a number of publications including Esquire, Details, Players, and written for television. He as done numerous radio and TV segments. He poignantly retraces his journey through the place where excuses go to die with good humor and good information.